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Access to H.E. Diploma in Computing

  • Fee
    19+ £3,928*
  • Duration of course 36 weeks
  • Course type Access Course
  • This course is suitable for Adults; International Students

This course is for mature students. Students must be 19 by August 31 of the year they apply. There are no exceptions to the rule. Preference is given to those with some work experience who have been out of full time education for at least a year.

Will the course give me what I want?

Course content

The course aims to develop your understanding and competence in a range of computing modules as well as your independent study skills. The course is specifically designed to prepare an individual for higher education courses, particularly adults who may have been out of education for a number of years.

The course consists of a number of units which have credit values. 60 credits are required to pass the qualification and must include the two mandatory units plus credits from the following:

  • Mandatory Units 9 credits
  • Study/Communication Skills 12 credits
  • Specialised Computing Units 39 credits:
    • Maths
    • Computer Programming
    • Computer Hardware and Operating Systems
    • Web Development and Computer Graphics

45 of the credits are Graded (Pass, Merit or Distinction can be achieved). Universities give you an offer based on the number of credits you achieve at Pass, Merit and Distinction.

What have students who have taken this course in the past progressed to?

Upon completion of the program students can progress to degree level study in Computing or a related area. 

Before starting the course, you will be expected to research the entry requirements set by the universities you wish to apply for. This will include the English and Maths entry criteria for the universities of your choice and ensure you complete the necessary English and/or Maths qualification.

How will I learn?

You will be taught in a variety of ways including lectures, practical work, group and pair work as well as self-directed study. The School of ICT is a leader in the college’s development of innovation in teaching, and in providing opportunities to use the college’s virtual learning environment (VLE) Moodle, to access resources, as and when you want, to better prepare yourself for upcoming classes or to review lessons already covered.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment will be by assignments, exams, presentations, and observation of practical work in specially equipped IT pods, classrooms, or the School’s own ICT ‘laboratory’. Each unit studied will use one or more of these assessment methods.

How much time should I be expected to spend on assignments, projects, field trips etc.​

In addition to the time spent in classes in College, you will be expected to spend several hours per week on self-directed study.

Which awarding body is the course validation by?


What qualifications or skills do I need to show I have before I can enrol?

It is expected that you have a minimum of 5 GCSE A*-C grades as standard, with at least a GCSE A*-C in English and Maths or Functional Skills Level 2.

There is possibility that if you do not have one of these English/Maths qualifications, you may be able to complete this during the year, however, this is subject to achieving Level 2 in BKSB Initial Assessment (for English and Maths) and a Writing Assessment upon entry.

Overseas qualifications are not accepted for entry to this course.

Although there are no specific computer skills required, it is expected that students will be familiar with computers and standard software applications used in business and at home.

Those who achieve the required standard are interviewed by the course tutors to ensure they are motivated, able to attend regularly and to check the course is suitable for their future study and career aspirations.​

English level


Either GCSE A*-C, Functional Skills Level 2 or IELTS 5.0.  Overseas English qualifications are not accepted.

Mathematic level


Either GCSE A*-C or Functional Skills Level 2.

Equipment and other costs


You will be expected to provide your own stationery. The college has Wi-Fi access throughout the building.

You should have a laptop or desktop available to you throughout the course to complete coursework outside of College hours. You will need to


·       Office programs – Word, Powerpoint, Excel, Access (These are provided by the College for free download when you enrol.)

·       Visual Studio packages. (Free)

·      Sign up for online services – Prezi, Emaze, Dropbox/Box, Google (Free), YouTube, Coursera and Khan Academy.

For further information please call 020 7258 2721, email or come to one of our Open Days.

* Fee information

Fees shown are set against the current year (August 2017 to July 2018) and are subject to change when Government funding changes are announced.

All our full time further education courses (Entry to Level 3) are free if you are 16-18 years old and meet UK residency requirements. Depending on your circumstances, you may also be eligible for financial support to help with other costs associated with your course such as free school meals and travel.

If you are  enrolling onto a Level 3 or 4 course and aged 19 or over, you may be required to pay fees depending on your residency status, educational background and personal circumstances.